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Rocky Knob Park Trail System

Location Boone, NC
State(s) North Carolina
Counties Watauga
Type Mountain Bike Trail
Length 9.00 Miles / 14.48 Km Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Rock Climbing
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Wildlife Observation
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




photo: Chad Oliver rides the Stone Binge Skills Area
Chad Oliver rides the Stone Binge Skills Area

Significance of the Trails
The trails at Rocky Knob Park offer mountain bikers authentically challenging, skills-based progression opportunities on public land. Riders are provided with terrain and trail features that allow them to develop their skills as a mountain biker in purposeful ways. The trails showcase an understanding of the needs and desires of modern riders in combination with environmentally sustainable design and construction.
Prior to the construction of trails at Rocky Knob, mountain bikers had no legal access to trails in Watauga County. With about 9 miles of trails complete, the park’s trail system now sees an abundance of local and visiting riders. Riders often report “riding Rocky Knob makes you a stronger rider” and comment on the fun factor of the trails.
The land was acquired by Watauga County in 2009 for the expressed purpose of building a mountain bike park. Through a series of acquisitions, the park is now a 185 acre facility hosting trails as well as an Adventure Playground, picnic shelter, and a pump track. The trails have been featured in many local magazines and papers and nationally featured in Freehub Magazine’s web video “44 Days and Rolling,” Velo Magazine’s 9 North American Hotspots issue, and the Washington Post’s Travel section.

Trail Innovation
While Rocky Knob hosts about 9 miles of trails in a stacked loop system, its most unique features are four skills areas. Designed for s (Continued...)


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Not Available - Time Closes: Not Available

Closed in Winter


Park entrance is located on US 421 South, 0.7 miles east of Bamboo Road on the east side of Boone.


Additional Information

Width: 36 inches.

Primary Surface: Soil, Compacted

Secondary Surface: Boardwalk
Rock, boulders

Average Grade: 10%

Elevation Low Point: 3300

Elevation High Point: 4030

Year Designated: 2014

Date Last Updated: 08/25/2017


Contact Information

Public Contact:
Ken Johnson
President, Boone Area Cyclists
Boone Area Cyclists
P.O. Box 361
Boone , NC 28607

Trail Management:
Stephen Poulos
Watauga County Parks and Recreation
231 Complex Drive
Boone , NC


Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
Example of Signage for skills area. Map View/Download
Example of skills area. Photo View/Download
Building a trail feature. Photo View/Download
Programs at Rocky Knob: Take a Kid Mountain Biking Photo View/Download
Volunteers clearing trail. Photo View/Download
The Rocky Knob Blog Website View/Download
Interactive trail map Website View/Download
Rocky Knob Promotional video Website View/Download



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